David A. Forsman, 67
Deer River David Arney Forsman, age 67, of Deer River, flew up to heaven on March 22, 2017, after a short but devastating battle with cancer. He was a well-known vocalist and piano player in this area…often referred to as “the Jerry Lee Lewis of the Northland.” David passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, surrounded by family.
David was born Feb. 9, 1950 to Grace and Alfred Forsman at Blue Earth Community Hospital, which was across the street from their family home and Forsman Funeral Home. He grew up in Blue Earth and at their family summer cabin on Bass Lake, near Winnebago. David’s life was filled with music from an early age. He was taught to play drums by his father, at age three. He started guitar lessons at age four, and piano lessons at age five. He was a 1968 graduate of Blue Earth High School, where he excelled in music. He was a member of the Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers, and played Tympani with the Concert Band and the Symphony Orchestra. As a graduating Senior, he was awarded the prestigious Arion Music Award, which is given to the “Most Outstanding Musician” in the high school, and chosen by the Music Faculty.
David also sang in the choirs of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth from age four until he graduated from High School. In 1963, with his sister, Cindy, he started his first band, The Cordovans. They played for area High School and civic events until he graduated. David attended Minnesota State University at Mankato for two years, and completed the Welding Program at Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center, White Bear Lake, where he specialized in designing and making Log Splitters. In 1982, he relocated to a 40-acre Homestead north of Deer River. Soon after that, he met Suzi McCauley, a vocalist and guitar player. Together, they started the first of many successful band ventures which would include “Wild Cherry” and “Puss & Boots.” A vocalist, himself, David also played the piano (by ear) and the Hammond B-3 Organ. Currently, their Vets Club Band/Lady & The Tramps plays weekly at the Deer River Vets Club and monthly at the American Legion Club in Grand Rapids. He and Suzi have played for countless funerals, weddings and benefits. In addition, they, with several friends and family members, have provided music at Memorial Day Services for all of the Warba Area Cemeteries for the American Legion Post 432 over the past 30 years. David has always been passionate about perfection in his music and about always performing a gig regardless of health or other issues. All in all, memories of his music will be “priceless!” When not performing, David has enjoyed gardening, raising his Great Pyrenees “kids,” and watching professional sporting events.
Preceeding David in death were his parents.
David is survived by his music and life partner of 35 years, Suzi McCauley; his sister, Cynthia Forsman (Larry Bishop), of Grand Rapids; close cousins, Ray Erola and Roger Erola of Duluth; other cousins; dear friends and loyal fans.
There will be a Gathering of family, friends and fans at Rowe Funeral Home on Monday, April 3, from 1-4 p.m., followed by refreshments at The Deer River Vets Club.
Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.